Donate blood for those fighting breast cancer during breast cancer awareness month

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The Red Cross needs you to donate blood to help people fighting breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and more than 268,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Cancer patients undergoing surgery and chemotherapy may require red blood cell or platelet transfusions and more than half of all platelets collected by the Red Cross are used by patients with cancer.

Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are needed to ensure a stable supply for cancer patients and others this fall. Below is a complete list of upcoming blood donation opportunities until the end of breast cancer awareness month, and a week, by date:

Huntsville
10/8/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/9/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/11/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/12/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/13/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/14/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/15/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/16/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/18/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/19/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW

Madison
10/19/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. John’s Catholic Church, 1055 Hughes Road

Huntsville
10/20/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/21/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/22/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW

Normal
10/22/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Alabama A&M TM Elmore Bldg, 4900 Meridian Street

Huntsville
10/23/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/25/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/26/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/27/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/28/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/29/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
10/30/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/1/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/2/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/3/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Conference Training Center, 301 Sparkman Drive
11/4/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/5/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Conference Training Center, 301 Sparkman Drive
11/5/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/6/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/8/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
11/9/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW

If you cannot give blood, another way you can support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

There are a few requirements to give blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see rcblood.org/game.

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